The National Core Maternity Indicators (NCMI) present information on measures of clinical activity and outcomes. The purpose of the NCMIs is to assist in improving the quality of maternity services in Australia by establishing baseline data for monitoring and evaluating practice change. These indicators cover data for the majority of women who gave birth in Australia from 2004 to 2018 and are grouped into 3 broad topic areas—antenatal period, labour and birth and birth outcomes.

These indicators have an accompanying summary report.

  • Cat. no: PER 95
Findings from this report:
  • Women younger than 20 years were least likely to access antenatal care in the first trimester

  • In 2018, 30% of selected women giving birth for the first time had a caesarean section

  • Labour was induced for 45% of selected women giving birth for the first time in 2018

  • 1 in 10 (9.2%) women smoked during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy in 2018